I've Got No Strings On Me

For my exhibition I will be looking at themes of Freedom and Desire demonstrated throughout the books we discussed this semester. These themes were heavily present in Epictetus, Lucretius, and Marx. Through my exhibition I hope to show how these themes have presented themselves in the past along with their current manifestation. In today's world there are many countries struggling to attain freedom due to certain regimes. The books we read this semester showed the different paths that these philosophers sought on their way to freedom.

A hopeful image, this drew me back to Walden. His texts gave the imagery of someone striving for a better tomorrow through the simpler things. Walden had a desire for everyone to go back to simpler times.
"Where I Lived, and What I Lived For". This is the name of the second chapter of Walden and this simple house drew me back to his writing. Thoreau desired a simple life which i felt this drawing evoked.
A status of Freedom, the bald eagle can be seen here on a food stamp used in world war 2. The media machine churned out as much propaganda as it could to keep spirits high behind the fight for freedom.
"Keep the prospect of death, exile, and all such apparent trgedies before you every day-especially death- and you will never have an abject thought, or desire anything to excess". (Epictetus Enchiridion Chapter 21)
Ironic, but this image immediately brought my mind to the Iron Curtain of the USSR. Defining the opposite of freedom, people in these locales struggled for a better life.
This photo caught my eye with the immense themes of materialism. Ranging from the Ferrari, to the McDonalds, every aspect speaks about humanities desires for more and more goods. "Just as a target is not set up in order to be missed, so evil is no natural part of the world's design" (Epictetus Chapter 27) We are the authors of our own suffering through these desires.
"The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Workers of all lands, unite!" (Carl Marx, Communist Manifesto Chapter 4)
The dove is the ultimate symbol of peace. Many countries today are fighting for their freedom, which unfortunately results in a lot of casualties. The dove is a symbol to reach towards, an end goal for people desiring freedom.
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